Thank you to the lovely Squadpod, Jen and Michael Joseph for sending me a copy of Nobody But Us in exchange for an honest review.
Steven Harding is a handsome, well-respected professor.
Ellie Masterson is a wide-eyed young college student.
Together, they are driving south from New York, for their first holiday: three days in an isolated cabin, far from the city.
Ahead of them, the promise of long, dark nights – and the chance to explore one another’s bodies, away from disapproving eyes.
It should be a perfect, romantic trip for two.
EXCEPT THAT HE’S NOT WHO HE SAYS HE IS.
BUT THEN AGAIN, NEITHER IS SHE . . .
Nobody But Us is a compelling, thought provoking novel with an original storyline.
The novel begins with an aftermath scene, and following this begins on ‘Day One’. It’s written with quotes prior to each chapter which I enjoyed as they provided a kind of loose preview as to what might be in store. The novel ends on ‘Day Three’, with a lot happening in the short space between!
The story is told through the alternate perspectives of Ellie and Steven, alongside dated records starting at 28 August. You really get inside both of the characters heads, with their thoughts and feelings on the situation(s). I enjoyed this as it felt like a very rounded overview. They are quite different personalities and their differing viewpoints, whilst being around one another and in the same situation, are fascinating.
You are thrown straight into the action which made me invested from the outset. It starts off as a very normal couple’s weekend away but quickly descends into something that is only marginally different to madness. The revelations just keep coming and it’s truly shocking time and time again!
There are numerous references to the title throughout the book and once you learn what it’s taken from, it makes perfect sense. I liked this touch as it continually bought you back to the reference. I found the backstory to be intriguing, unpredictable and heartfelt. The entirety of the Ellie and Steven’s history, collectively and separately, is shocking but equally quite unsurprising in many ways and saddeningly realistic. A book I won’t be forgetting in a hurry!
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Until next time,